Lukewarmity in the church
“And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules
learned by rote.” - Isaiah 29:13
I have been reflecting a lot since I attended a recent conference for women. The Holy Spirit moved in a way I have never seen before. Chains were broken, hearts were fired up and the
worship.........well it was joyful, individual and Spirit-led and filled. As people have messaged me, emailed me, and spoken to me since then the overriding comment has been “we have to do it again”.
All who were there have been left with a deep, deep hunger to be led by the
Holy Spirit now - praise God. But all I could think was “this is how church should be every
week, every day!”. Not just a “special” occasion. And I think this Bible verse sums up
beautifully one of the biggest problems the church in the UK faces. Lukewarmity (yes I made that word myself!). Half in ness. In on my terms only. Religion bolted on to the hip of our otherwise worldly lives. Jesus follow me and not the other way round. Use whatever words you like or use these - His words:
“These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far
from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.”
Wow harsh but true. How many of us go to church every Sunday (Or when we are not busy)
and go through the motions. Love a good sing, like the familiarity of the words then leave
unchanged and behave exactly the same? We rejoin the world. Lukewarm. The word
lukewarm in the dictionary reads “indifferent, half-hearted, apathetic, Tepid” - Woah!!!
How many of us don’t read our Bibles? You are not alone because a survey found that is 70% of Christians. How many of us show no visible signs of being a lover and follower of Jesus. Our heart is not in. Where is your heart today? Is it all in for Jesus? Do you work hard at that relationship? Or do you just follow your feelings? Feelings are powerful and overwhelming sometimes - I know that from my own experience. But the truth of God’s love for us is powerful. The truth that He sent His Son to die for us is life-changing. But He requires our whole heart. We are only here for a short time - with a unique mission given to us by God.
Have you found yours yet? He is not a fad or a lifestyle choice He is THE Way the truth and
THE life. He is not a list of man-made rules and traditions. So I ask are you all in? Do you
want to be a groundbreaking game-changer in the place that He has sent you? Or are you
content to be tepid? Today make a choice. Ask the Holy Spirit to come and be the leader of
your life and watch that tepid become FIRE.